NOCs confident Tokyo 2020 can overcome heat, water quality issues

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TOKYO: Searing heat and water quality issues have dogged Tokyo 2020 organisers in recent weeks but delegates to a Chef de Mission seminar on ...

TOKYO: Searing heat and water quality issues have dogged Tokyo 2020 organisers in recent weeks but delegates to a Chef de Mission seminar on Tuesday said they are confident their hosts will find solutions ahead of next year's Summer Olympics.

At the triathlon test event last week, the sport’s governing body reduced the distance of the run segment in the women’s race because of heat concerns. However, Dutch Chef de Mission Pieter van den Hoogenband, a three-time Olympic gold medallist swimmer, said the NOCs were confident in Tokyo 2020’s ability to overcome the issues.“Of course we know there are some heat issues but overall, for all the different teams, these are the circumstances and we have to deal with it,” said van den Hoogenbrand, who represented the NOCs during a visit to the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

Tokyo 2020 also confirmed on Tuesday that South Korea's NOC had sent a letter to organisers expressing concern at the possibility of produce grown in Fukushima prefecture being served to athletes in the Olympic village.

 

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